As a self-professed stats nerd, I get great enjoyment out of the weird, improbable stats that we see in the early part of every NBA season. Sometimes they’re indicative of a trend, sometimes they’re extremely misleading, and the rest of the time they’re just completely random. Here are 10 of the wackiest stats that have intrigued me at the almost-two-week mark of the 2010-11 season. I’ll leave it up to you to determine what they mean, if anything.
- LeBron James has yet to grab an offensive rebound after seven games — he had 71 last season.
- LeBron’s teammate James Jones has played 187 minutes without turning the ball over a single time. He also leads the league in three-pointers made with 22. I’m thinking these two stats are connected.
- Darko Milicic has blocked 19 shots and made just nine field goals. The late Manute Bol had more blocks than field goals in all 10 of his NBA seasons.
- Emeka Okafor has made 28 of 39 field goal attempts for a league-leading .718 field goal percentage — Al Horford is a distant second at .654. Okafor has an 85 percent success rate (17-for-20) on shots around the rim.
- Okafor isn’t even the most efficient scorer at the rim right now — among players with at least 30 shot attempts in that range, Clippers guard Eric Gordon is an amazing 27-for-31 (87.1 percent)
- The king of the mid-range shot (minimum 30 attempts between 16 and 23 feet) is another Gordon — Ben Gordon that is. He’s 22-for-36 (61 percent) from mid-range so far. That’s quite an improvement over his 41 percent success rate from that range last season. If you exclude Allen Iverson because he only played three games, nobody who shot at least five mid-range attempts per game last season made over 50 percent of them.
- Raptors center Andrea Bargnani is averaging 20.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while his partner in Toronto’s starting frontcourt, Reggie Evans, is averaging 2.8 points and 13.0 rebounds per game.
- Elton Brand is averaging 2.3 steals per game after never averaging more than 1.1 steals per game in any of his previous 11 seasons.
- After six seasons with the Heat where he never averaged more than 7.1 points per game in a season, Dorell Wright (pictured) is averaging 18 points per game for the Warriors.
- The Lakers are second in the league in three-point attempts (149) and first in three-point percentage (.450). The single-season team record for three-point percentage is held by the 1996-97 Charlotte Hornets (mostly thanks to Glen Rice and Dell Curry), who had a .428 success rate but were just 13th in the league in three-point attempts.
Got any weird stats that you think I overlooked? Post ‘em in the comments.